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Volleyball season recap

The Tarleton State Volleyball team completed their second season in D1 this past year. The Texans finished with an overall record of 15-14, and came out of conference play with a record of 6-6. For just their second season in Division 1 play, the Texans held their own in many of their games and came out on top in quite a few matches. 

On Sept. 18, Tarleton played Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and beat them 3-1. This game closed out the Islanders Classic for the Texans after a loss to The University of Texas-El Paso. The set scores against TAMUCC were 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, and 25-20. 

Carmen Kinsey led the Texan offense with 14 kills and a .353 hitting percentage. Kinsey and teammate Lauren Kersey had four kills apiece in the first set and Kersey finished the match with 12 kills, and 44 kills on the weekend. 

On Oct. 7, Tarleton hosted Lamar University in a home match and beat the Cardinals three sets to one. The set scores were 25-1, 25-19, 21-25, and 25-20. 

Five Tarleton players obtained six or more kills. The Texans also had a season-high of 21 digs and held Lamar to just a .167 hitting percentage. Lauren Kersey racked up 13 kills and led her team in kills for the fifth game in a row. Lorin McNeil, Amber Strange, and Carmen Kinsey each had six kills in this matchup against the Cardinals. Kayla Brannon found herself with 23 assists and 13 digs. The Texan Volleyball team really went to work against Lamar, and many of the Tarleton players put up impressive numbers in their blowout

The Spike Out Cancer game on Oct. 14 was an exciting sweep for Tarleton as they matched up against Prairie View A&M University. The Texans rolled over the Panthers 3-0. The score sets were 25-10, 25-25, and 25-19. 

Wisdom Gym was packed with 300 plus fans for this special game, and Tarleton really put on a show. Lauren Kersey led her team with 13 kills, and following right behind her was Carmen Kinsey with eight kills. Melina Maldanado had 14 assists to lead the Texans and Ana Costas led the team with nine digs. Tarleton had a team total of 48 kills, 42 assists, and a hitting percentage of .446. 

Coach Mary Schindler now has 330 overall wins as the Tarleton head coach, and 167 Conference wins. 

The Texans will open their 2022 season in August sometime, and more will come on that as the season rolls around.